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The Best American Travel Writing 2014

by Jason Wilson

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I'm not fond of Paul Theroux's travel writing; apparently I'm also not so keen on his editorial tastes, to judge from the 2014 Best American Travel Writing, for which he helped screen pieces. Too many of these essays felt self-indulgent to me - especially, a number of essays by old white guys that ended up being much less about places than about their authors. That said, I was moved by Amanda Lindhout's "460 Days", about her captivity at the hands of kidnappers in Somalia; Tony Perrottet, "Birthplace of the American Vacation", about the Adirondacks; and Patrick Symmes, "Born on the Fourth of July", about the natural wonders of South Sudan. ( )
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“Travel connoisseurs divide the world into those places they’ve been dying to visit or revisit and places they’d never set foot in but are glad someone else did. This year’s volume of travel writing . . . focuses mostly on the latter with derring-do dispatches.” — USA Today

A far-ranging collection of the best travel writing pieces published in 2013, collected by guest editor Paul Theroux. The Best American Travel Writing consistently includes a wide variety of pieces, illuminating the wonder, humor, fear, and exhilaration that greets all of us when we embark on a journey to a new place. Readers know that there is simply no other option when they want great travel writing.

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